“We are willing to pay their price because we have seen how well the two Chelsea players fit the Barcelona style thus far this season.”- Barcelona manager Xavi says the team is prepared to make a “huge offer” for TWO of Chelsea’s brightest players and that they are genuinely interested in the player.
Xavi Hernández will not surrender easily. With two devastating losses to Girona and Royal Antwerp, the coach of Barcelona’s first team has never been under more pressure. With the team currently in fourth place in La Liga and barely making it into the Champions League knockout stages, there are serious questions about whether the legendary midfielder is still the best man for the job.
It appears that Xavi’s employment could be seriously jeopardised with one more setback, as reports of difficulties with the dressing room leaders and management are beginning to surface. That is not the ideal situation before one of the hardest games on the La Liga schedule—away to Valencia at Mestalla—occurs.
However, the coach used a combative tone when speaking to the media before the game on Friday. He made it clear that he still believes he is the best person to guide his club through this crisis and into a victorious second half of the season. Furthermore, he stated unequivocally that he had not considered quitting in the previous several days.
Giving up? No, no, no, no, no. At the end of the season, there might be a reset, but for now, I’m excited and hopeful. We still have the entire season to enjoy. I have a terrific relationship with the president, Deco, and the rest of the management team, and I have faith in the idea and the players. For the past two years, we had gotten along nicely at work. We are halfway to restoring Barça’s glory, therefore I’m shocked that so many people are giving up on us after the first setback. All stakeholders—fans, players, coaches, and directors—need to come together. That’s not how I see the media, though. Even though you must have faith in the participants and the project, you must always raise the alarm when something goes wrong. We still have everything to play for. Even if we were in a worse place at this time last season, we accomplished something amazing. We must maintain our optimism.